Los Angeles, CA – Common was just lately stopped by TMZ on the Los Angeles International Airport the place he was requested concerning the Surviving R. Kelly documentary and Kelly’s alleged victims. He was emphatic the black neighborhood failed to face up for the younger ladies concerned.
“If it wasn’t simply black ladies that R. Kelly had been molesting and abusing, if it wasn’t simply black ladies, he would’ve been attacked by the system differently,” he mentioned. “Meaning, the system doesn’t have a worth for black ladies the way in which they do white ladies or simply different nationalities.”
While he approached either side with compassion, he insisted what occurred to the ladies in Kelly’s circle was completely unacceptable.
“Let me say this, clearly R. Kelly — from every thing we’ve seen and what we’re listening to — has points that has to essentially, actually be labored on, some deep and darkish, heavy points,” he continued. “I’m not one to guage him, however I’m not condoning that ever. I really feel for the survivors, man I simply really feel a variety of compassion.
“We failed as a neighborhood as a result of we knew that this stuff had been taking place. Instead of attempting to be like, ‘Yo, let’s resolve this example and free these younger women and cease this factor that’s happening. We simply was like, ‘Man, we simply rocking to the music.’”
Common additionally admits he’s simply as culpable however is grateful issues are beginning to change.
“I’m responsible of that myself,” he mentioned. “I didn’t cease and communicate in opposition to it. R. Kelly from my hometown. At the top of the day, he’s a human being and he has his points and we see that, however I can’t condone that and I shouldn’t be permitting that to occur. We failed our communities as black individuals. We ought to’ve been caring about our younger women, however we’re stopping that cycle and I feel individuals are conscious. We stay and study.”
Surviving R. Kelly triggered a Twitter firestorm following the January three premiere. The six-part docu-series aired for 3 nights, culminating with the finale on Saturday (January 5). Consequently, the disgraced R&B famous person is threatening to “sue everyone’ concerned.
He additionally plans to launch an internet site particularly to discredit the accusers interviewed for the documentary.